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'True Detective' Season Three Will Head To The Ozarks With Mahershala Ali

Heading to the Ozarks. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer)
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It may feel like a decade has passed, but it's only been two years since Rachel McAdams vaped her way into our hearts during the disastrous second season of HBO's True Detective. Despite Colin Farrell's incredible collection of bolo ties, the future of the anthology crime series was up in the air after the chilly reception to that second season. But today, HBO has confirmed that they are indeed bringing back True Detective—and this time with 100% more Ozarks!

According to Deadline, True Detective season three has officially locked in Oscar winner Mahershala Ali to star in the new installment. Creator Nic Pizzolatto is set to direct along with Jeremy Saulnier (who is the man behind Green Room, one of my favorite movies of recent years). And it will be set in the Ozarks, much like Netflix's Jason Bateman-breaking-bad crime drama, Ozark. Here's the synopsis for the season:

Season 3 of True Detective will tell the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

Trading in the "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system" for the season one-aping "three separate time periods" sounds good to me! (And yes, I know that they ended up throwing out the secret occult history part, but it still is a hilarious description.) "I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy," said Pizzolatto in a statement. "I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story."

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Here's the thing that really gets me excited about more True Detective: HBO partnered Pizzolatto with television god David Milch to help him polish the scripts for season three. Milch is only getting a writing credit on episode four of the new season (it's unclear how many episodes it will have altogether, though eight seems like a safe bet), but if his hands are all over the script, it will be something special (as long as Jesus doesn't come back as a surfer).